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Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
it? i don't buy it. it is a sad day for the city of detroit, and it's a day that we are seeing democracy in america completely undercut. earlier today, a federal judge ruled that detroit is officially eligible for chapter 9 bankruptcy. it's the -- it's the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the united states. here's the engineer, right here. governor schneider. it is a major blow to public employees. it is a major blow to union workers. but it's also a signal to the rest of the country that, you know what, if you don't get your fiscal house in order, this is what's going to happen, because this is now the template. don't think that other governors aren't thinking this way. especially on the conservative side. you see, pension means you've paid into something, and benefits are going to be slashed by the city. assets are going to be sold off and privatized. oh, yes. privatization. that's, of course, what the republicans want to do with everything. in fact, public workers aren't worth a damn. in fact, if we can't make a dollar in america, we're not in good. what do you
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
. and the national fast food strike that unfolded this week in 130 cities across the country, i think, is a message to our congress, you better wake up. the people are way ahead of you on this. fast food workers, what they did, is that they staged -- they staged a massive protest on thursday, calling for a liveable wage. thousands of protests, and roughly 130 cities around the country went on strike to protest the minimum wage, which stands at $7.25 an hour in this country. you know, folks, this is the largest wave of protests in the history of the fast food industry. workers, basically, are fed up. their demands are very simple. he they want to live a decent life while working hard a full-time job. but many are part time that don't qualify for benefits. many of them are just asking for 15 bucks an hour. gosh, that's 30 grand a year. you know, it's nothing radical. it's actually pretty american. this is how you move things. here's what the protesters were saying on thursday. >> we are standing in front of the mcdonald's that i tough actually work at. and i actually work two jobs. i work mcdonald's
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm PST
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm PST
, bringing business while employees who spent 30 years working for the city are getting shafted with their pension. there's no takers in that deal at all, is there? what about walmart? they have never had a tax abatement on any land going into any city, putting up one of those superstars, have they? no, there's no takers there at all. they only made $19 billion. i can't think of another corporation out there that might need another tax break. but you know what we're talking about over on the right, we're convincing americans that it's those damn food stamps. they're the problem. they're the takers, those fat, poor people. how come they can't find work? it's their fault. they're lazy. and then, of course, when it comes to the big takers, it's these guys. these guys, limbaugh and o'reilly, the biggest conservative voices and media profiles out there, they actually think that poor people in this country make too much. and if they are poor, it's only their fault. their fault. merry christmas. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question. do republicans
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
's interesting, senator. since this demonstration took place in 130 cities across america last thursday, none of the fast food folks have come out and said we can't afford this. wendy's would go under, mcdonald's would struggle, it would kill jobs. there is silence on their part. your thoughts. >> ed, here is the real outrage. not only can they afford to pay a decent minimum wage. but here is the point. right now, the taxpayers of this country are subsidizing the mcdonald's people, burger king and walmart. and walmart in particular, you have the wealthiest family in the world, they're worth $100 billion. but the wages and benefits they provide to their workers are so low that many of these workers go on medicaid, they go on food stamps, they have to get government help for their housing. so the taxpayers of america end up subsidizing walmarts, mcdonald's and burger king. if we raise the minimum wage, the workers actually would have enough living, enough income to get off some of these programs. >> senator, is it going to take a democratically controlled house to get the minimum wanige? the de
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